Thursday, December 17, 2009
After reading this LA Times article about a Gewürztraminer wine, I was inspired to write yet another Three For Under The Tree.
This post involves yet another Christmas wish. With all the holiday parties and gift giving, there's usually lots of wine flowing. But the norm is to serve and give dry wine. Sweet wines are very rarely considered.
I'm not a big drinker and have no problem sipping on ginger ale, juice, cider, eggnog, water or just about anything else. I know that I cannot be the only person who has found themselves in this situation. However, some people seem insulted when they've mentioned the wine that they have available and I've declined. I wasn't rude or anything. I just declined.
Then they ask, "Don't you like wine?" I tell them that I do, but that I don't like dry wines. Then they tell me that they have a __ fill in the blank, that is really sweet. I really don't want to be forced to drink something that I don't like, when someone else can actually enjoy it.
I know myself and know what I like and don't like. It's very rare that anything being offered will taste sweet to me. So that's my sweet wine vs. dry wine rant.
Before I discovered sweet wines, I didn't think I liked wine at all. When I learned about three types in particular, I realized that there is a wine for everyone. So anyone who says that they don't like wine, I think they have just not found the right one for them yet.
I'm hoping that this holiday season, sweet wines will get a little more love, attention, and respect. They are good! If you're having a party, try one of these three types that I mention below. Maybe even just one bottle.
If one of your friends or family members has mentioned that they like sweet wines, don't give them another dry wine for a gift this year just because it's popular. Please! Try something new. Be different!
In general, I've found German, Italian, and some American wines of these types. I haven't recommended any particular brands or a year, etc., because I don't have any off the top of my head. I have included some related products from Amazon.com that you might like.
2. Muscat (Moscato or Moscatel) I've found this to be the sweetest and is usually served with dessert.
If any of you have wine suggestions for me, please let me know! If you want me to try some of your wine, I'll gladly accept some. Just kidding. Umm. Not really. Send it. Happy Holidays!
*Updated 12/20/09* - Yesterday I was looking at the wines in Wollaston Wines & Spirits in Quincy. They have great customer service by the way. Many people are available to help. They're not only friendly, but quite knowledgeable. Anyway, a wine tip that I want to pass on is that when looking for sweet wines, generally the lower the alcohol content, the sweeter the wine.
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